May 22, 2004

To the individual, statistics mean precisely nothing: a frame for abstract data to imitate something of personal relevance, nothing more. Percent chance of occurrence is meaningless to an individual: events either occur or don't occur.

In a statistic-driven society, it can be very easy to forget that frames are arbitrary: that any given picture could have been cropped differently. How wide a frame would have to be needed to begin to Heisenberg-perceive the random variability of individuals -- atoms -- in an infinite universe?

Smile of the day:

"Hey! What did you do to the cat? He looks half dead."
-Schrödinger's wife

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